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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015

Try it on top of cottage cheese.

30 minutes ago
walker in Chains

What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

Yes, this is the very recipe I was going to try .. maybe you posted it here before. I bought sour cream just so I could follow the recipe exactly. I'll post a photo after I make it.

about 15 hours ago
walker in Home Cooking
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Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here

Lucky thing you!

about 18 hours ago
walker in Cookware

What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

I've never tried it .. guess you just use regular recipe and shorten the time in the oven. I've been wanting to try a recipe with maple syrup and crunchy topping.

about 18 hours ago
walker in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

I just got a muffin top pan .. know of any good recipes for it?
(I resisted getting an extra gadget like this but I really prefer just the muffin tops.)

about 22 hours ago
walker in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

Do try one .. I love Japanese cheesecakes.

That Dorie Greenspan cheesecake mentioned above by YasmineAb sounds great, too.

1 day ago
walker in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

Parchment paper is a good idea; I always use Wilton's Cake Release, too and never have problems.

I bought USA loaf pans and they are great; here's the cake pans at Amazon .. great reviews:

http://www.amazon.com/USA-Pans-Alumin...

I think King Arthur carries this brand, too.

What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

I just took a look at the recipe; funny it says to put in one 9" pan. So, you need to use two pans?

What recipe do you use for frosting? (Are icing and frosting the same thing, I wonder?)

May 21, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2015

Before, at Indian stores, I was buying Zafarani Reserve. Then I read this on CH:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8226...

Concerns about "fake" bags of this.

May 21, 2015
walker in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2015

I just bought a bag and really wanted to try one when I got to the car but it was impossible to open with just my hands and I had nothing else with me. Got home and tried one .. chocolate tastes good but I don't get any mango taste and I love mango.

I returned the Kirkland Basmati rice; it comes from India but is not as good as the best quality from Indian stores.

May 21, 2015
walker in Chains

What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

It's also called "powdered sugar."

May 20, 2015
walker in Home Cooking
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Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2015

I saw them today but didn't buy; convinced myself the chocolate would not be special. Please tell me what it's like.

May 19, 2015
walker in Chains

What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

I made the daikon/carrot pickle and I grew to detest the cabbage smell from the daikon so I threw it down the disposal. I like the other one I made with shallots and I threw some slices of cuke in with it. Just sliced fresh radishes are good on the sandwich.

I made the Hanoi Grilled Chicken .. good.

May 19, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

Grocery Outlet May 2015

Nope. I no longer have the container; it was smaller than those big ones from Costco. It was not "light" "canola" "olive oil" .. just the regular looking jar.

Maybe a mistake was made at the factory to cause it to be thinner and they decided since it would not cause harm to just get rid of it to G.O.

I consumed the product but decided I would no longer buy this from G.O.

(What I do like from there is the President sea salt butter, which is hard to find in San Francisco.)

May 18, 2015
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

Grocery Outlet May 2015

I was just mentioning where I bought mine. It definitely was inferior, not as thick and as the same brand from regular grocery stores and Costco.

It was edible; I just won't take a chance on buying that item again.

May 18, 2015
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

I want to be your friendly next door neighbor!

May 18, 2015
walker in Home Cooking
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Grocery Outlet May 2015

The mayo I bought a couple months ago in SF (I think it was Best Foods) was definitely not as thick as the Best Foods mayo I buy elsewhere.

May 18, 2015
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

Have you had the real rolls from Vietnamese shops? They are crackly on top and squishy and so much different from these. I weighed all my ingredients, and really followed the directions. I don't have a pizza stone but followed what she said about using inverted half sheet pan (it warped my good one!).

But that cilantro mayo you make in cuisinart is so tasty. Be advised .. she says to use 1.5 Tbl of Maggi and I think half that amount is more than enough. I've made it twice .. last time did a double batch. Maybe your husband would like the mayo. If I buy a burrito and the cilantro is all chopped up and well mixed in, I like it .. I just can't stand to have a direct hit on my teeth with it.

May 17, 2015
walker in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

Mine came out looking like yours, like in the book but they seem much too dense to me. They are very unlike the rolls sold in Vietnamese sandwich shops.

I also made the carrot/daikon pickle and I really like the cilantro mayo (even tho I really dislike cilantro by itself .. can't stand to chomp it).

May 17, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

Clean/wash up while cooking ?

I'm envious of your relationship .. I don't understand why others can't work this out like you have.

May 16, 2015
walker in Not About Food

What's your absolute favorite/best apple dessert?

I made this apple pie and it came out perfectly, just like the picture:

http://brooklynhomemaker.com/2014/10/...

May 14, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015

Nay on the Pretzel Rolls; they are soft and don't have much flavor .. I can't even taste salt. I won't return them .. I'll eat them but won't buy again.

May 12, 2015
walker in Chains

Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here

It says it's $69.99 with 8% claimed as of 9:10 Pacific Time.

May 12, 2015
walker in Cookware

Cooking from Yotam Ottolenghi's PLENTY MORE

Drink more water and eat some celery.

What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

Is your baking powder newish? That was my problem. Recently I ordered Bakewell Cream Baking Powder from King Arthur. Still have not tackled the biscuits. Soon.

May 10, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

Where can I buy Bahn Mi Rolls .. just the rolls .. in Sunset or Richmond Districts [San Francisco]

I don't want to drive to the E. Bay to get these. A friend brought me some from Oakland's Chinatown and they were great, only .40 cents each for big ones. She told me there's a place on San Bruno Ave in SF that sells them but that's kinda far from me.

May 10, 2015
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I buy Bahn Mi Rolls .. just the rolls .. in Sunset or Richmond Districts [San Francisco]

I posted this twice with my I Pad but nothing showed up here.

I made these rolls but they didn't come out right and so I'd like to just buy them somewhere and just use my own fillings.

May 10, 2015
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

I made rolls from the Bahn Mi Handbook and they were too dense.

I followed the recipe exactly and they looked just like the photos in the book. She also has a photo of one of her rolls sliced and it also looks dense. (I even weighed all the ingredients)

The ones from sandwich shops are soft and crunchy on outside. Does anyone have another recipe I can try?

May 10, 2015
walker in Home Cooking
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Tom Wilson Oranges Are Back!

When I saw them at Andronico SF last year I didn't buy any because they looked like inferior quality, seconds.

May 10, 2015
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015

I know they don't want a hot, sunny window. The like good natural light. I've been keeping track of when to water. Actually, the one I have now was a gift and I think it came from Costco. I can't remove it from the pot so I water it by putting about 3 ice cubes on top to melt down, not touching leaves.

The ones that come out of the pot to water, you just water until it runs out the bottom and you never let the pot sit in a puddle of water.

May 09, 2015
walker in Chains